Chairs around a fire pit in front of resort-style pool with stunning mountain views in Terramor

Terramor has several neighborhoods offering new construction homes

Active adults shopping for new and affordable homes in California should look to the Inland Empire. Here, homebuyers will find some of the most affordable homes and communities in the Golden State.

The Inland Empire – or “the IE” – enjoys a lower cost of living than the rest of the state. For example, the San Bernardino housing market is 25 percent more affordable than its immediate neighbors, and even less expensive than other regions of the country.

Life in the Inland Empire

Known locally as the "high desert" for its northern plateau, and the "low desert" for its southern valleys, the Inland Empire enjoys a generally Mediterranean climate with local extremes, from the arid environs of the Coachella Valley, to the alpine air of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Residents enjoy a diverse region of vast deserts and high mountain forests, as well as abundant opportunities to stay active. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, camping, and horseback riding. The mountains offer over 100 miles of trails, fishing and boating, and a variety of ski and snowboarding slopes in the winter season.

Along with recreation venues, the IE's cultural attractions include live theater and musical performances, shoppers prowl malls and factory outlet stores, and wine lovers sample the fruits of local vineyards.

Of the many active adult communities in the region, there are several currently offering newly built homes. These Inland Empire communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are in affordable price ranges for active adult homebuyers looking for their ideal California community.

Four Seasons at Beaumont

Mid $200s - High $400s

In the San Gorgonio Pass is Four Seasons at Beaumont, a gated active adult community built by K. Hovnanian in 2005.

New construction at Four Seasons at Beaumont features two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and two-to-three-car garage. There are many new and resale options for homebuyers, with a diverse mix of single-family and attached duplex homes in more than 30 different floor plans that range from 1,183 to 2,775 square feet.

Mountains and protected forests are close to Four Seasons at Beaumont, and within the community's gates there are over 500 acres of native vegetation and natural water landscapes.

Eight miles of walking and hiking trails meander through the neighborhoods following the gradual elevation changes within the community. A large outdoor sports complex spans 10 acres and includes an outdoor pool, spacious patio and barbecue area.

Altis - Beaumont

Low $300s - Mid $400s

Altis is a resort-style 55+ community in Beaumont. This active adult development will include 704 single-family homes when completed. Pardee Homes is building single-level homes with master suites in a variety of floor plans and styles.

At the center of the community will be the 16,000 square-foot VuePoint Residents' Club. Homeowners will have access to a fitness center as well as a movement studio for yoga and stretching classes. There will also be an arts and crafts studio in a tranquil setting ideal for fostering creativity as well as a great room for parties and events for the whole community.

Outdoors, residents will find a resort-style swimming pool and a lap pool, a poolside lounge, and barbecue area. Altis will also include 22 acres of parks and natural spaces with many walking trails to explore.

Terramor - Corona

High $400s - Mid $600s

In the Temescal Valley between Corona and Lake Elsinore, the Terramor neighborhood has just debuted its new 55+ neighborhood called Oakton.

The neighborhood by Van Daele Homes consists of 83 homes in three floor plans, with two or three bedrooms, three- to four-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. Oakton, added to Terramors’ other 55+ neighborhoods, Ardena, Cortina, and Sterling, will bring over 300 ranch-style homes in the community.

The Terrace Club boasts 20,000 square feet of amenities exclusively for 55+ residents. The clubhouse includes a gym and wellness studio, indoor saltwater swimming pool, saunas, locker rooms, multipurpose meeting rooms, and an arts and crafts studio.

Outside, residents will have access to a resort-style swimming pool and spa, outdoor living space with a fireplace, a pavilion with a bar, as well as a cooking area.

Maravilla Estates - San Jacinto

Low $200s - Mid $200s

A new active adult community in San Jacinto, Maravilla Estates, will be a neighborhood of 218 single-family residences constructed by DCI Homes.

These ranch-style homes are being built with one to two bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages, and come in four distinct floor plan models. They'll range from 1,502 to 1,652 square feet and offer breakfast bars in the kitchen, walk-in closets, and fireplaces.

A 7,000 square-foot clubhouse at Maravilla Estates will feature the Courtland Fitness Center with locker rooms, the Monaco Lounge for relaxing, a multipurpose and card room, catering kitchen, ballroom, and the Alexandria Library.

Orchid at Pacific Mayfield - Menifee

High $200s - Low $300s

Orchid at Pacific Mayfield is an active adult community of single-family homes within the master-planned Pacific Mayfield community.

Homebuilder Pacific Communities plans to build 156 residences with eight models offered. These homes range  from 1,514 to 2,398 square feet and feature one to three bedrooms, two or three baths, and an attached two-car garage. Most have first-floor master suites, walk-in closets, and gourmet kitchens.

Orchid at Pacific Mayfield will offer a clubhouse with exercise room and multipurpose room. Outside, residents will find an outdoor pool and patio, a tennis court and a barbecue grill for community gatherings.

The Retreat at Holiday - Menifee

Low $300s - Mid $300s

Also in Menifee, The Retreat at Holiday is an active adult community being developed by D.R. Horton.

Construction on The Retreat at Holiday began in 2006 and the community plan calls for 108 homes. These residences come in floor plans ranging from 1,665 to 2,028 square feet of living space. They have two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. The homes include features like first-floor living areas, modern kitchens, and private yards with shaded patios.

At the entrance and at the center of community is the large clubhouse. It features an exercise room, hobby and game room with table tennis and billiards, and a kitchen. Outdoors, residents have access to a lap pool surrounded by a patio.